9/5/13

U.S. Neutral, Cold War Begins, Black September Attacks

On this day: September 5
The French National Convention initiates the Reign of Terror (1793)

The first U.S. Labor Day parade is held in New York City (1882)

The pacifist Zimmerwald Conference begins (1915)

The U.S. declares its neutrality in World War II (1939)

Igor Gouzenko, a Soviet Union embassy clerk, defects to Canada, exposing Soviet espionage in North America, signaling the beginning of the Cold War (1945)

Palestinian terrorist group called 'Black September' attack and take hostage 11 Israel athletes at the Munich Olympic Games; 2 die in the attack and 9 die the following day (1972)

Hanns Martin Schleyer is kidnapped in Cologne, West Germany by the Red Army Faction and is later murdered (1977)

Pan Am Flight 73 with 358 people on board is hijacked at Karachi International Airport by Abu Nidal Organization operatives (1986)

b: Jesse James (1847), Paul Volcker (1927); d: Karl Harrer (1926), Richard Walther Darré (1953), Ivan Mihailov (1990)

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